HISTORY, ENVIRONMENT, CONSERVATION, HERITAGE & CRAFT
These are the main themes of the Tay Landscape Partnership (TLP), an exciting new 4 year project celebrating the landscapes of where the Rivers Tay and Earn meet. The TLP project area extends 250km² stretching from Newburgh to Forteviot, Perth to Dundee and it is hoped that residents and visitors alike will reconnect with the natural, built and cultural heritage of the area.
Delivery of 29 individual projects by 5 new members of staff will:
- conserve, restore and improve access to a range of natural and built features
- encourage and support a greater diversity and quantity of people to learn about and more actively participate in their landscape and its heritage
- provide training opportunities for people in local, traditional skills
- link with broader public and private investment in Dundee, Perth and Fife, to support sustainable economic development
TLP is a £2.6 million project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust, Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, Perth and Kinross Council, The Gannochy Trust, The Robertson Trust, The Cross Trust and Esmee Fairbairn. Projects include erection of 800 boxes for bats, barn owls, tree sparrows and swifts. A wildlife and water vole survey undertaken in the Carse of Gowrie will help identify suitable locations for the creation of 5-10km new wildlife corridors through planting 2km of new hedgerows and 300 trees. Thirteen historic orchards in the Carse of Gowrie will further be managed and restored including their celebration via 4 orchard festivals. One new community orchard will be established.
Excavating hill forts, conserving pictish stones, graveyards and earth houses in Errol are also pivotal to TLP. All the projects will invite people to come along to organised events and learn about their local environment. Substantial training will be available for volunteers and communities to develop rural skills such as hedge laying, coppicing, bee keeping, orchard pruning, salmon coble boat construction, archaeological digs and building skills. Resources will also be created for teachers as well as outdoor learning opportunities for up to 5000 school students. Finally, TLP will fund 7 bursaries for young people and one local apprentice.
We look forward to meeting people throughout the project at our many planned events.
Further information can be found on the website www.taylp.org, Facebook or Twitter. Alternatively, contact Shirley Paterson, Scheme Manager, on 01738 447083.
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